By BMD Staff
Business professionals returning to school often need to complete their degrees as quickly as possible. While many master's programs require two or even three years, some universities offer degrees designed for students to finish within 12 months. These programs may use a seven- or- eight- week format or they may operate on a traditional semester schedule. Regardless of the approach, however, a dedicated, full-time student can complete their graduate degree in education, accounting, business, sport administration, information technology, or another field in 12 months or less.
These fast-growing, lucrative fields often require a master's degree to access the best salaries and jobs. For instance, practicing teachers can realize salary increases and earn new endorsements through a master's degree. Earning one of the degrees listed below can equip current professionals with the skills and knowledge to rise rapidly in their professions through an intense, short burst of education.
We thought we'd try a different approach. So we started our research by disregarding specific schools entirely, focusing instead on the types of degrees that are conducive to accelerated study and feature curricula that one could reasonably complete in 12 months or fewer. Over the course of this extensive investigation, we examined nearly two dozen different potential disciplines and narrowed the list down to these ten online master's degrees: nursing, communications, criminal justice, accounting, logistics & supply chain management, education, sports administration, information technology, social work, and business administration (MBA).
Table of Contents – One-year Online Master's
7. Online Masters of Accounting
6. Online Master's Degree in Logistics & Supply Chain Management
5. Online Master of Education
4. Online Master's in Sports Administration
3. Online Master's Degree in Information Technology
2. Online Master of Social Work
1. Online Master of Business Administration
To assess the worthiness of each contender, we conducted a thorough sweep of all the colleges and universities that offer online master's degrees in that particular subject. In these assessments, our primary focus was on the average number of credits/courses required to earn said degree, the likelihood that a school would offer an accelerated track in that area, and most importantly, the school explicitly states on their websites that the program is designed to be, and/or can be, completed in one year.
Once we had our list of the ten top online one-year graduate degrees, we had to figure out how to rank them. Our goal was to emphasize accessibility and practicality (i.e. how many one-year degrees are available in that subject, and what portion of online degrees in that subject provide a one-year option?) without neglecting quality. Put another way, in each case we asked ourselves: "What is the likelihood that a student could actually earn this degree in 12 months or fewer?" But we didn't want to stop there. We also wanted our selection of colleges and universities to indeed offer what we are advertising: valuable, affordable programs that run from A to Z within one calendar year.
But how did we decide which schools to include? Our process varied somewhat by discipline, as it was dependent on the number and variety of eligible programs. In all cases, we considered a factor we call "timeline confidence," defined as the clarity and assertiveness with which the college promotes a one-year completion guarantee – if they even make that claim explicitly. If applicable, we also limited eligible programs to those that have obtained accreditation in the appropriate area:
Online MBA: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Online MSW: Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
Online M.Ed: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Online MAcc: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)*
Online MSN: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
*Only programs with accredited business and accounting programs
For the other five degree types, either there is no relevant subject-specific accreditation agency or the number of eligible schools was too small to warrant additional filtering. Note that subjects with a small number of online options could still achieve a high ranking if a sufficiently large proportion of the offerings are available in a one-year format. An example of this is the online MSIT (ranked 3rd). Only about a dozen schools nationwide provide a 12-month and/or accelerated option, but that is equivalent to nearly 30% of all participating online colleges.
After making all our cuts and assembling the results, we chose to feature the five most affordable qualifying programs for each subject. In the ranking below, you'll find a general description of each discipline along with the names of five schools (plus links and one-sentence summaries), listed in order from least to most expensive.
We hope you find this article informative. Just think: this time next year, you could have your master's degree in hand!
7. Online Masters of Accounting
In some fields, earning a master's degree is an option – a luxury, even. In these industries, professionals may seek an advanced credential to stand out from their peers, but it is unlikely that they feel any sense of urgency to do so. Accounting is not one of these industries. Quite the contrary, in fact. Few serious accountants will be satisfied with a bachelor's degree, because all of the most desirable professional certifications, including the CPA (Certified Public Accountant), CMA (Certified Management Accountant), CFE (Certified Financial Examiner), CIA (Certified Internal Auditor), and CFP (Certified Financial Planner), require a master's degree. And the accounting profession has one of the strictest sets of regulations that you'll find in any academic discipline. To even qualify to sit for one of these certification exams, you will need to accrue at least 150 credit hours of relevant coursework. A bachelor's degree in accounting can get you 80% of the way, but it will take a graduate-level program to provide that final, 30-credit push to the finish line.
Given the unique circumstances of this degree, it's no surprise that so many students look for accelerated, online accounting graduate programs. After all, why prolong your career (and your income stream) any longer than you need to do so? Fortunately, there are some truly top-notch colleges and universities that issue one-year master's degrees in accounting, complete with accredited curricula and affordable tuition. This might sound too good to be true, but we anticipated your skepticism. Here are five online graduate programs that are ready to prove you wrong:
Online Master of Accountancy Degree
Accounting students at Stetson can earn a master's degree in accounting fully online in just 12 months. Applicants must submit GMAT or GRE scores as part of their application packet. Once enrolled, students earn 30 credits in business, accounting, data analytics, and elective courses. These can include federal taxation of individuals, advanced accounting theory, and forensic accounting and fraud examination. Once they've completed the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the Florida CPA Examination. A private, nonprofit university in central Florida, Stetson operates a business school that holds program accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Online Master of Accountancy (MAcc) Program
Students at Auburn, a public university of more than 30,000 students located in Alabama, can enroll in a 30-credit, online master's degree in accounting that takes just one year to complete. Applicants must have completed business and accounting prerequisites, and students pay the same tuition regardless of their geographic location. Once enrolled, online learners must complete a three-day on-campus residency. Courses include advanced business law, federal tax research, and advanced auditing and assurance services. After completing the degree, graduates can sit for the Uniform CPA examination. Auburn holds program accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
6. Online Master's Degree in Logistics & Supply Chain Management
Supply chain management: once upon a time it was an esoteric subject, poorly understood and little cared about by all but the world's biggest companies and most specialized executives. But times have changed. After all, it was no misprint when The Wall Street Journal wrote in a 2013 article that Supply Chain Management is "the Hot New MBA." As globalization takes a firm hold over our economy and technology puts information – and people – at our fingertips, retailers have had to adjust their approach to doing business. The consumer's demand for products from anywhere and everywhere in the world – and with a quick turnaround time to boot – has only deepened the urgency of this transition. Businesses of all shapes and sizes are now making logistics and supply chain management a central aspect of their organizational structure. This means they need employees who can leverage consumer data; produce economic forecasts; and oversee vast networks of suppliers, buyers, and sellers that spread across the globe.
But before you can take advantage of this burgeoning career field, you'll need to become an expert in the laws of supply and demand. Luckily, it doesn't take an expert to realize that supply often follows demand, and colleges and universities have already capitalized on the demand by upping their supply of logistics degree programs. This includes a hefty selection of online, one-year master's degrees that are sure to fit both your career goals and your budget. But don't take our word for it. Instead, have a look at these five options, all of which can take you from novice to knowledgeable in 12 months and $20,000 or less:
Online MS in Supply Chain Management
Fontbonne University, a Catholic liberal arts institution in Clayton, MO, provides an online master's degree in supply chain management, consisting of 30 credits that students may complete in one year by taking courses in an eight-week format. Experts in the St. Louis area helped design the degree, which prepares students for the Council of Supply Chain Management SCPro Level One Certification. Learners take 24 credits of core courses such as business components assessment, lean principles in the supply chain, and applied concepts in supply chain management. The program also includes six credits of an emphasis in accounting, management and leadership, or nonprofit management.
St. Thomas University
Online M.S. in Trade & Logistics Management
Located in Miami Gardens, FL, STU maintains its Catholic identity while serving nearly 5,000 students. The university offers many online programs that students can complete in 10 months of study, including an MBA with a concentration in cyber security management. In this degree, learners enroll in 30-39 credits of core courses and electives. Coursework includes cyber security technologies; financial management; and policy, planning, and strategy systems. Applicants do not have to submit GMAT or GRE scores if they have either a GPA of 2.75 or higher or a GPA of 2.5-2.74 plus at least three years of business experience.
University of Southern Mississippi
Online Master of Science in Logistics, Trade and Transportation
A public research university of about 15,000 students, USM hosts an online master's degree in logistics, trade, and transportation for students planning careers in logistics transportation or supply chain management. This interdisciplinary, 30-credit program concentrates on systems analysis, transportation and trade policy, and planning and strategies tasks. Students can complete their master's degrees in one year by taking 12 credits in the fall and spring and six in the summer. Coursework includes logistics distribution systems, supply chain modeling and analysis, and technology based entrepreneurship and economic development. Students can also take an internship in the Gulf Coast region or at another approved location anywhere around the world.
Wright State University
Online M.S. in Logistics & Supply Chain Management
A public research university in Fairborn, OH, Wright State serves more than 15,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The university's online master's degree in logistics and supply chain management equips professionals with skills in inventory, management, procurement, and decision making. Courses include supply chain operations and control, performance measurement and supply chain transformation, and total quality management and lean supply processes. The degree concludes with a capstone project. While students complete most of the program online, they do need to come to Wright State's campus four times during their year of enrollment. New cohorts begin each fall.
5. Online Master of Education
- Northcentral University – Master of Education – Educational Leadership
- Northcentral University – M.Ed. – Leadership in Higher Education
Until very recently, statistics had widely indicated that the Master of Education was the most sought-after graduate degree in higher ed. Although reports indicate that the MBA now narrowly surpasses the M.Ed. as the master's degree en vogue, education students aren't any worse for wear. A 2010 CBS MoneyWatch report revealed that of the 10 most popular master's degrees for women, seven (Education, Elementary Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Special Education, Counselor Education/School Counseling, and Reading Teacher Education) fell within the realm of teaching. And for men, both Education and Educational Leadership are among the top 10.
So why does the M.Ed. get so much attention? While this advanced credential isn't required to get a teaching position, a master's degree on your rÃ©sumÃ© can go a long way on your job hunt. As Teach.com explains in its post The Benefits of a Master's of Education, "it's never a bad idea to go to graduate school." Employers see a teacher with a master's degree as an expert in his or her subject, and these graduate programs often impart knowledge specifically in how to teach, rather than simply providing additional subject-specific information. Salary potential also tends to increase for individuals with an M.Ed. to their name, while those who pursue a degree in leadership or administration can apply to work as a school principal or at the district level. But the best news? The rising popularity of online master of education programs has swiftly led to increased acceptance among employers. An article on U.S. News explains that as long as the program has the right credentials and the college has a good reputation, mode of delivery means very little. But is it possible to obtain all the benefits we've mentioned in a one-year online master's degree format? The proof is in the pudding:
Online Master of Arts in Education
Cumberland University, a private school in Lebanon, TN, serves about 1,500 students on campus and online. Educators can complete Cumberland's 30-credit, online master of arts in education in as little as one year. While the university designed the program for licensed teachers, other professionals may apply. Once enrolled, students choose four advanced education courses and six courses based on personal professional development goals, which may include a variety of add-on endorsements. Required courses include school law, curriculum designs, and innovative instructional technology. The program is entirely asynchronous, meaning students do not have to be online at specific times.
Online Master of Science in School Leadership
Located in Wilmington, DE, Wilmington University serves more than 20,000 students at all postsecondary levels. Its online master's in school leadership equips students to succeed in school or district level management positions or to undertake doctoral programs in education. The degree takes 33-35 credits, which students can complete in one year through accelerated study. Courses include the principalship, fiscal operations and resources, and school and community: building a shared vision. This program is a Delaware certification program with content knowledge and performance assessment requirements, and it holds program accreditation with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
Online Master of Education
A Baptist-affiliated school of more than 3,000 students located in Anderson, SC, AU offers an online master's degree in education that learners can complete in as little as 12 months. Applicants must be licensed teachers since the degree is not a certification program. Instead, this 33-credit master's degree focuses on the practical application of research-derived best practices to improve classroom instruction and student learning. Courses in the degree include current issues in public school education, the constructivist teacher, and nature and needs of gifted and talented students. Students take courses in a traditional fall, spring, and summer semester rotation.
University of Findlay
Online Master of Arts in Education
Established by the city of Findlay and the Churches of God General Conference, the University of Findlay offers a 33-credit online master of arts in education, which students can complete in as few as 12 months through an asynchronous learning platform. Students take five core courses, including being an educational leader and research for the educational leader, along with eight courses in an emphasis area. The program's emphasis options include children's literature, mathematics, science, and human resource development. Students work with an advisor to create their own course schedules, and they conclude their degrees with a culminating project in education focused on program evaluation.
4. Online Master's in Sports Administration
Of all the subjects on this one-year master's degree online ranking, this is probably the least traditional option. After all, while everyone is familiar with subjects like education and accounting, you might not have even been aware that you can earn a graduate degree in sports administration! But according to GradSchools.com, "sports management has emerged as an extremely popular profession" due to society's growing interest in health and fitness. In fact, when you consider the popularity of such graduate programs as physical therapy, nutrition and dietetics, kinesiology, and physiology, it becomes clear just how commonplace advanced degrees in health and wellness are.
For students who are thinking of a career in athletic coaching, physical education, athletic department administration, or even sports marketing, an online master's degree in sports management could be the way to go. And unlike the more broadly-focused MBA or MSIT (more on those below), the Master's of Sports Administration has a narrow enough focus that completing the program in one year is a fairly common practice. Another perk of these graduate programs? The potential financial payoffs are tremendous. Not only will you graduate with minimal to no student debt (thanks to the serious tuition savings of one-year degrees) but you could find yourself with a seriously handsome salary within a few years of entering the job market. For example, in 2013 USA TODAY reported that athletic directors at major colleges often pull annual salaries of $500,000 or more. And just this year, CNN ran a story on the almost scandalously high salaries that college coaches enjoy. Coaches of the most watched sports – namely basketball and football – can rake in millions of dollars a year, and even those at the helm of less popular sports like lacrosse and swimming can expect to see six figures on their contracts. Of course, none of this matters if you don't have the credentials to get the job, first. So quit reading, and start applying! Here are some ideas for your inspiration:
Arkansas State University
Online Master of Science in Sport Administration
A-State serves 21,000-plus students systemwide, making it the second largest university in Arkansas. Students at A-State can enroll in an online, 36-credit master of science in sport administration, which requires just 12 months to complete. Learners take 10 courses in seven-week terms plus a six-credit internship. Courses include ethical issues in sport, sport finance and budgeting, and sport governance and operation. Students must complete their internships in the summer, but the site needs to be approved by the first Monday in February. Online tuition is the same for all U.S. residents, and A-State's program holds accreditation with The Commission on Sport Management Accreditation.
Online Master of Science in Sport Management
A private, non-sectarian college in Newton, MA, LC serves just under 2,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs such as the master's in sport management. Applicants to this program do not need to submit GRE or GMAT scores but must hold a GPA of 3.0 or above if they have less than three years of experience. Courses include international sport management, sport-recreation-tourism and the law, and principles of athletic administration. In addition to these core courses, students select sport leadership, athletic administration, parks and recreation, or sport tourism and hospitality management as their concentration. Students can expect to complete their degrees in 12-24 months.
Western Carolina University
Online Master of Sport Management
More than 11,000 learners study at WCU, a public university located in Cullowhee, NC, pursuing bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. The university's master's in sport management focuses on the business of sports and includes a certificate in project management. The 30-semester-hour degree requires courses such as sport administration & governance; managing enterprise projects; project scheduling, risk, and contracts; and sport in the global marketplace along with an internship in sport management. The internship consists of 200 hours, and students can take it any semester. Applicants may submit GRE or GMAT scores if they wish to strengthen their application.
Online Master of Science in Athletic Leadership
One of Vermont's public, liberal arts colleges, Castleton offers a 30-credit master's degree in athletic leadership that students can complete primarily online with one short residence in Vermont. The program consists of five core courses in athletic leadership, nine credits of an emphasis area, and six credits of either an internship or a special project. Examples of core courses include athletics advancement, legal topics in athletics, and leadership and management of athletic programs. Students choose either athletic administration or coaching leadership as their emphasis. To apply, students must have completed prerequisites in management theory, marketing, and sports administration.
3. Online Master's Degree in Information Technology
Unlike an MBA or MSW – which you'll read about next – an online information technology master's degree isn't a necessity for individuals who want to enter the world of IT. Students with only a bachelor's degree in this field can easily land an entry-level job in the industry. So why bother with graduate school, and what's the significance of an accelerated, one-year online MSIT (Master's of Science in Information Technology)? The primary reason is that an advanced credential can act as a professional launchpad, boosting students up several rungs on the career ladder and landing them a managerial or supervisory position within their company. In fact, as you'll see below, many online master's in IT emphasize leadership as part of their curriculum.
But even if you're satisfied with your current role, a master's degree in this field has its benefits. According to the job experts at Career Igniter, graduate school can help students grow personally as well as professionally by giving them the chance to focus on a particular IT specialty, increasing their knowledge about the field in general, and providing valuable intellectual stimulation. In essence, graduate programs that offer concentrations, certificate options, and other specialized training opportunities can make you an attractive choice for both management and highly skilled technical positions. But an advanced education can also improve your ability to communicate with IT professionals, computer scientists, and software engineers working across the field – an invaluable asset in this complex and growing industry. To get started, here are some of the most affordable one-year IT master's degrees you'll find anywhere on the internet:
Western Governors University
Online Master of Science in Information Technology Management
WGU offers competency-based learning programs to nearly 100,000 students studying through distance education. The school's MS information technology management takes 6-24 months to finish. To earn the degree, students must demonstrate competence in areas such as managing operations, technological globalization, institutional intelligence, and data-driven decision making. Each course culminates in an assessment — a project, paper, or test — that demonstrates a student's knowledge and skill. At the end of the program, students design and complete a capstone project under the guidance of a mentor. WGU students all pay a flat tuition rate, meaning the sooner learners can graduate, the more money they save.
Our Lady of the Lake University
Online Master of Science in Information Systems and Security (MS-ISS)
An independent, Catholic university located in San Antonio, TX, OLLU educates more than 3,000 students in on-campus and online programs such as the master's degree in information systems and security. This 30-credit program, which students can complete in one school year, holds certification with the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, the National Security Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security. As such, it focuses on protecting the nation's technological infrastructure. Nearly all the program's graduates pass certification exams such as the CISSP. Applicants who do not possess a technical background can enroll in OLLU's cybersecurity camp.
University of Texas at Austin
Online M.S. in Technology Commercialization (MSTC)
Part of the Texas public university system, UT educates more than 50,000 students. Its innovative, online master's degree in technology commercialization concentrates on the intersection of technology, innovation, and business. Applicants do not need an extensive technical background since they will focus on business questions and decisions rather than technical ones. Courses include new venture creation, creative & innovative management, and technology transfer in the global economy, which requires a trip to an international local such as Singapore, Brazil, or Israel. Students take classes live or online on alternate weekends. Online students must attend the May Launch Week, August Launch Week, and the International Trip in person.
Central Washington University
Online M.S. in Information Technology and Administrative Management (MS-ITAM)
A public university of about 12,000 students located in Ellensburg, WA, CWU offers a unique, online degree designed to bridge the gap between administrative management and information technology. Students in this one-year program take 26 quarter credits of core courses including global managerial communications, research and statistical analysis of data, and financial analysis in IT and administrative management. The university offers four 20-credit concentrations — administrative management, cybersecurity management, information technology, and structures of data analytics for IT managers. Students can study in cohorts on campus or online, or they may learn through CWU's FlexIT Pro, which is a performance-based learning model.
2. Online Master of Social Work
The MSW is a unique degree for several reasons. Unlike a master's degree in IT, for example, the MSW carries a very narrow focus and specifically prepares students to become licensed social workers. The qualifications required to work in this field vary from state to state, but a master's degree is almost always among them. For this reason, earning your graduate degree in social work from an accredited institution is extremely important – much more so than if you were applying to just about any other type of program. In this field, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the authority on social work curricula and is responsible for maintaining a directory of accredited programs.
When it comes to one-year online MSW programs, not all schools are created equal. This is because it is only possible to complete your MSW in 12 months if you are able to enroll in an "Advanced Standing" course of study. Not all schools offer an Advanced Standing track, but then again not all students qualify for it, either! By definition, Advanced Standing programs are limited to students who have obtained their bachelor's of social work (BSW) from a CSWE-accredited institution. Because they have already acquired many of the foundational skills relevant to the profession, BSW graduates can skip many of the core courses included in online MSW degrees. As a result, these students only need to complete 10-12 classes (or approximately 30 credits) to earn their stripes as a professional social worker. Fortunately, many schools offer flexible and/or accelerated scheduling that lets Advanced Standing students go from BSW to MSW in a single year.
Online Master of Social Work
A Christian school in Campbellsville, KY, CU offers an online MSW that includes an advanced standing track in which qualified students can earn their degrees in just one year. The program consists of 24 credits of core courses such as leadership and supervision in social work, community development and grant writing, and advanced practice with children and families along with six credits of electives. Students need 900 hours of supervised practicum between their BSW and their MSW, so the number of hours a student transfers into the program determines how many hours remain. CU holds programmatic accreditation with the Council on Social Work Education.
Saint Leo University
Online Master of Social Work: Advanced Clinical Practice Concentration
A Florida-based Catholic school of more than 13,000 students, SLU offers a 32-credit, one-year MSW for students who qualify for the advanced standing track. Only applicants residing in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia can qualify for admission. One night a week students meet for class via webcam, and learners also attend one weekend of instruction on SLU's main campus. The program's curriculum flows in a prescribed order, and students must take each class sequentially. Courses include psychopathology and ethical foundations in social work practice. SLU's MSW holds accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
1. Online Master of Business Administration
The MBA – an abbreviation so ubiquitous that we hardly need to mention what it stands for – is perhaps the most sought after graduate degree in higher education, both on campus and online. In 2014, Fortune magazine noted that for the first time, business had surpassed education as the most popular course of study for master's degree students. In late 2015, The Economist confirmed that an MBA is "still a must-have," despite criticism from some camps that the degree has become over-valued. To be sure, the number of experts who support the usefulness of a graduate degree in business continue to far outweigh the naysayers. An article by the job-hunting website Live Career confidently describes the MBA as a "career accelerator across a number of industries" that can help those who wield the credential "command higher salaries."
There are all sorts of people who pursue a Master's of Business Administration. Maybe you earned a bachelor's degree in business or finance, have been working in the field for a few years, and are hoping that an advanced degree will translate to a career boost. Maybe you work in a different industry altogether and have returned to school in an attempt to convince your company that you are ready for a promotion into a managerial position. Maybe you just graduated from college and want to head directly to graduate school in order to put your best foot forward when you finally head out into the job market. Maybe you're just looking for a career change. Whatever your reason, we guarantee there is an online MBA program out there for you. Even better, we are confident that you can find a one year master of business administration online that is affordable, accredited, and accessible. Take these schools, for example:
Louisiana State University – Shreveport
Online Master of Business Administration with a General Business Specialization
LSU – Shreveport offers 25 undergraduate and 13 graduate degrees, including a 30-credit online MBA in general business that students can complete start-to-finish in 10 months. The program's 21 credits of core courses include marketing strategy, managerial use of accounting data, and economic analysis for managers. Students also take nine credits of electives such as international experience, labor and employment law, or hospitality and casino management. Applicants must meet one of four minimum GPA, degree, and GMAT score combinations to receive admission. LSU's online MBA program holds programmatic accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Online Master of Business Administration – General
A school of more than 5,000 students located in Durant, OK, SOSU offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in areas like business, education, sports administration, and Native American leadership. Students can complete the university's 36-credit online MBA in general business in just 12 months, taking six credits of electives and 30 credits of coursework in areas such as accounting, economics, research, finance, behavioral management, and data analysis . Students can start the degree in one of the six start-times available during the year. SOSU does not require the GMAT, and all students pay the same low fee whether they are Oklahoma residents or not.
University of North Alabama
Located in Florence, AL, UNA serves as the academic home to about 7,500 students. The university offers an online MBA designed to help learners translate classroom knowledge into real-world experience. Full-time students can complete the program in as little as 12 months. Students who are recent college graduates can enter the regular MBA program, and those who hold five years or more of experience can take advantage of the executive MBA. UNA's numerous concentration options include global business, accounting, finance, and new business development. UNA's school of business holds program accreditation with the Association the Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
Online Business Administration, MBA
Learners in Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's 30-hour online MBA program can complete a master's degree in as little as 12 months. The university serves more than 12,000 students, and its business program concentrates on equipping professionals with technological, analytical, and communications skills. Students take courses such as marketing management, financial management concepts, and software-based business solutions. Applicants must submit GMAT or GRE scores or receive a waiver, and all enrolled students pay the same tuition whether they are residents of Texas or another state. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's MBA program holds accreditation with Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Frostburg State University
Online Master of Business Administration (MBA)
A school of more than 5,000 students located in Frostburg, MD, FSU provides online earners with an MBA option that requires 36-42 credits depending on the student's academic background. Learners can complete the degree in as little as 12 months. FSU offers courses in a seven-week format with new rotations beginning six times annually. Students take eight core courses and four concentration courses. Concentration options include management, healthcare management, and business analytics. Applicants must submit acceptable GMAT or GRE scores unless they qualify for a waiver. FSU's MBA degree holds programmatic accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Now that you've read all about the best one-year online master's degrees, all you have to do is pick the one that's best for you!
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